ISSN: 0973-7510

E-ISSN: 2581-690X

Rupa Mulchandani1,2 , Hans-Olof Nilsson2, Torkel Wadstrom2 and B.R. Joshi1
1Department of Microbiology, Smt. Chandibai Himathmal Mansukhani College, Affiliated to the University of Mumbai, P.B. No. 17, Opp. Railway Station, Ulhasnagar – 421 003, Thane, Maharashtra, India.
2Department of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology, Lund University, Solvegatan-23, 223 62, Lund, Sweden.
J Pure Appl Microbiol. 2013;7(3):2315-2324
© The Author(s). 2013
Received: 11/11/2012 | Accepted: 15/01/2013 | Published: 30/09/2013
Abstract

Helicobacter pylori is found commonly in the gut of the human beings and animals. This bacterium is found usually when patients suffer from upper GI infections.  H. pylori has been found in the patients in antral biopsies in Mumbai, India. We have found H. pylori in antral biopsies and faeces in another study we have done. The mode of transmission of H. pylori is yet not confirmed although two routes are proposed : faecal-oral and oral-oral. Many studies have found that H. pylori survives in water in viable or viable but non-culturable forms. We found H. pylori in Mumbai water samples collected from different places by culture and PCR. Thus, we propose water as the possible vehicle of transmission of H. pylori infection.

Keywords

Helicobacter pylori, environmental water, culture, PCR

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